John Koblin hit the streets of Bed Stuy and Forte Greene, two neighborhoods in Brooklyn’s 10th Congressional District. That’s where incumbent Ed Towns is being challenged by City Councilman Charles Barron and Assemblyman Roger Green.
The people who spoke with Koblin in these two parts of the district had a wide range Read More
Via Gowanus Lounge, on Sunday there will be a rally to protest yet another out-of-scale development in Clinton Hill/Bed-Stuy. Not only are the developers at 335-345 Greene Avenue using the oft-abused “community facilities” floor-area-ratio boost, it appears they’re not exactly following safety guidelines:
The demo, being done by the fine folks Read More
The (incidentally fabulous) Elaine Louie has a piece in today’s House and Home section on what happens when your view gets all bricked up.
That’ll teach you to buy an apartment with windows on the lot-line!
It seems what happens is you put ersatz windows made of mirrors where your useless windows are, and Read More
City Limits has a nice round-up of some of the City Council races worth watching, with this rather harsh introduction to one Brooklyn contest:
“Outgoing incumbent Tracy Boyland, publicly derided for poor council attendance and lackluster performance, has represented the district since 1997; her father and brother have represented nearby Bedford-Stuyvesant in the state Read More
The folks over at the Center for an Urban Future aren’t going to like this, but Joel Kotkin has a new article arguing fairly persuasively that the future is actually suburban. Planners, architects, and environmentalists, he says, should get used to it.
Kotkin offers some data to back up the claim that Read More
In the Jan. 8 issue of The
New Yorker, Daphne Merkin describes her multiple stays on the psychiatric
wards of several institutions. She tells us of her desire to die, her fierce
and unremitting attraction to death, describing the boredom, the flatness, the
grayness of her hospitalized days. The piece is written with exquisite control, Read More
Spike Lee’s Summer of Sam , from a screenplay by Victor Colicchio, Michael Imperioli and Mr. Lee, has little to do with the serial murderer Son of Sam, who finally turned out to be David Berkowitz, a Yonkers mailman, and even less with the police procedures in place during the hunt.
In a cable Read More